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March 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: Time for a Tune-Up!

March 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: Time for a Tune-Up!

Somehow the first couple of months of 2021 have breezed on by, and we’ve already hit March. It seems like a good time for a School Advisory Council (SAC) tune-up and a chance for you to fine-tune any parts of your SAC meetings that can be even stronger as we head into the final several...
February 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: Collaborating with Other Family Groups

February 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: Collaborating with Other Family Groups

The School Advisory Council (SAC) at schools serves as a collaborative team made up of family members, the school principal, school-based staff, students (for schools grades 7-12), and community members. The main focal points of a SAC are student achievement and academics, school climate and culture, and family engagement. To have strategic conversations about these...
January 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: Taking SAC Meeting Minutes

January 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: Taking SAC Meeting Minutes

Utilizing various online platforms throughout the city, School Advisory Councils (SACs) have been virtually meeting across our District schools. As a group of school stakeholders come together to discuss relevant school topics, there may often be many strands of thoughts, questions, and opinions that are presented. A good way to consolidate these different thoughts can...
December 2020 SAC Tip of the Month: SAC and School Budgets

December 2020 SAC Tip of the Month: SAC and School Budgets

One of the value points of School Advisory Councils (SACs) all across District schools is being able to have the voices of multiple stakeholders heard about topics that are pertinent to our schools. In this December’s SAC Tip of the Month, we want to remind you that your school’s SAC meetings should be used to...
November 2020 SAC Tip of the Month - Combining Title I and SAC Meetings

November 2020 SAC Tip of the Month – Combining Title I and SAC Meetings

Even in this virtual season, School Advisory Councils (SACs) all across District schools have been continuing to meet and engage in meaningful conversation! SACs, in many different schools, have adapted to meeting virtually and have continued the strong work of engaging families about school needs and growth in student academic achievement. In this month’s SAC...
October 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: The Benefits of Virtual Meetings

October 2021 SAC Tip of the Month: The Benefits of Virtual Meetings

It has already been over a month of school, and virtual platforms have become a new norm. Where before families had the opportunity to walk into school buildings to attend SAC meetings, volunteer, and take part in school events, now these activities are all online. It is natural for us to think of in-person meetings...
September 2020 SAC Tip of the Month: Ways to Regather Virtually as a SAC

September 2020 SAC Tip of the Month: Ways to Regather Virtually as a SAC

Can you believe that summer has already come to a close, and a new school year has begun? Not only are instruction, learning, and traditional classroom practices now all different in a virtual realm, but even family engagement in schools has also shifted onto a virtual platform. Just because the means of connecting has altered,...
The Power of Consistent Family Presence at Dr. Ethel Allen

The Power of Consistent Family Presence at Dr. Ethel Allen

When you think about volunteering, you may think about helping out at an event occasionally or chaperoning a class trip. At Dr. Ethel Allen School in North Philadelphia, however, you can find a group of dedicated volunteers who come to the school to give their time, energy, and efforts every single day. The school’s family...
A Community Effort at Chester A. Arthur School

A Community Effort at Chester A. Arthur School

An old saying states that it takes a village to raise a child. At Chester A. Arthur School in Graduate Hospital, it is evident that it takes the efforts of an entire community to have vibrant parent and family engagement. There is a strong sense of all hands on deck at Chester Arthur, which allows...